Tuesday, April 30, 2013

April 30 Lesson. Homework Assignment

Essential Question: What strategies might help us better understand drama and, specifically, Shakespeare’s plays?

*Remember that "Shakespeare's Ungrammaticality" exercise is due ( found below on this blog).  

I. Do Now (Read and respond in writing)
       Elizabethans had their own symbols and phrases of love. For example, Venus, Cupid, and King Cophetua are all symbols of love to Romeo and his friends. Notice too, how Mercutio and Benvolio describe Romeo’s feelings of love with phrases from their era. For example, Mercutio says Romeo “doesn’t hear, he doesn’t stir, he doesn’t move.”
       Think of some modern symbols of love. List or draw these symbols below. 
       Then list some words or phrases from modern language that describe a person who is in love. It might help to think how love is described in popular songs.

Symbols of Love:

Phrases of Love: 

II. Anticipation Guide. Act III. We will review yesterday’s questions once we finish reading Act II. We will read Act III. Before this reading, answer the following questions.

  1. By the end of Act II, Romeo and Juliet have married. T or F
  2. Tybalt and some of the Capulets confront Mercutio looking for Romeo, at the beginning of Act III.
  3. It is Mercutio that drives Tybalt to fight further because he doesn’t like how he treats Romeo. T or F
  4. Tybalt mortally wounds Mercutio. T or F
  5. Romeo is infuriated by Mercutio’s death and fights Tybalt. T or F
  6. The fight between Tybalt and Romeo is broken up before it gets serious. T or F
  7. It is Mercutio that says before he dies “A plague o’ both your houses!”. T or F
  8. The Prince exiles Romeo for his actions against Tybalt. T or F
  9. Juliet feels that Romeo’s banishment is worse than his death. T or F
  10. Romeo hides out with Friar Lawrence. T or F
  11. Juliet sends Nurse to give word that they will meet and say goodbye. T or F
  12. A plan is hatched whereby Romeo will escape to Mantua until it is safe to return to Verona. T or F
  13. The Capulets are still planning a marriage between Juliet and Paris. T or F
  14. Romeo and Juliet have consummated their marriage; Romeo must flee because Lady Capulet is coming.
  15. Juliet tells Lady Capulet she will not marry Paris.
  16. Lord Capulet says to Juliet that she must marry Paris, or he will never want to see her again. T or F

III. Reading. Finish Act II and Act III of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet

IV. Exit Ticket: Consider the two film interpretations of the play. What do you anticipate will be Baz Luhrmann’s treatment of some scenes in Act II and III?


Juliet says, “What’s in a name? The thing which we call a rose would smell just as sweet if it had any other name ...Romeo, get rid of your name, and in place of that name, which isn’t part of you, take me.”

Answer in writing (complete sentences):

  1. Is it only their names that separate Romeo and Juliet? If romeo should change his name, do you think their problems would be solved? Explain your answer.

2. Are you satisfied with your name? Why or why not? If you could change your name, what would you choose? Why?

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